As I sit here eating a double chocolate fudge cupcake while the kids nap, I decided I should post about a new plan that is going into action a week from today (because that is when I will get the okay to start exercising again). The plan is called "Lose the baby weight and your fat ass by your 30th birthday". My 30th birthday is not until October so I have a total of 8 months to get back to this figure...
This picture was taken on our honeymoon, a mere 3 1/2 years ago. Now grant it...I have had two kids since then so I am not expecting to look anything like I did back then. But...I was in shape and felt healthy and good about my body and THAT is what I want to get back to. I don't even care if the scale reads the same and seriously...my tummy will NEVER look like that again. But I do want to start eating healthier and get back into an exercise routine that works with my new lifestyle. I just want to feel healthy and comfortable in my clothes. And losing about 10-15 pounds wouldn't hurt either.
So that is the goal. To loose at least 10 pounds (15 if it feels right) and get back into fighting shape. I don't give a crap about abs because I kissed those goodbye a long time ago. But I would like to lose the gut and take my ass down a size or two. As you can see above, the thighs aren't going anywhere. Even in shape I had a pretty hefty set but who cares :)
Now...to get to this figure by my 30th birthday I need to make some serious changes. For one thing, I have GOT to stop snacking on crap (i.e. double chocolate fudge cupcakes, peanut butter M&Ms, etc.) I also need to start cooking healthier meals. I would love to do Weight Watchers again, but with nursing and trying to feed my family, that is not a realistic diet right now. I need to take this weight loss slowly, so I have decided to just apply some of the Weight Watchers principles like smaller portions and making better choices about what I eat. The problem is...I am not use to cooking healthy meals!!! I pretty much only make comfort style foods like meatloaf and spaghetti. I know there are healthy versions of those, but I just don't have the recipes. So I am on a mission to find some recipes (or better yet cookbooks) that focus on healthy meals that are family friendly. You know, stuff my meat-and-potatoes loving husband will eat and my picky toddler won't throw to Howie.
So the hunt is on! And since I know I am not the only one looking for some healthy meal ideas, I have decided to start a new weekly addition to this blog: Weigh-In Wednesdays. I figured I could use Weigh-In Wednesdays to post about any yummy recipes I try, any fitness tips I come across, and any progress I have made the week before (including a weigh-in like I had to do when I was on WW). I feel like I need to do this to stay on track and be accountable for my actions.
And even though I plan to do lots of research for healthy recipes and fitness tips (and by research I mean reading magazines and Googling when I have free time), I would love some help! If any of you have any great recipes or fitness tips to share, please e-mail me or comment on this post. I promise I will always give credit where credit is due, especially if I use a recipe or tip on Weigh-In Wednesdays. Thanks in advance for your support friends! I know I will need it when the Valentine's Day candy starts rolling in. Yikes!